Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement Unit – Area ISergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 960-5249Report No: 22-095951
Hawai’i Island Police are investigating a fatal traffic accident involving two motorcycles, reported just after 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at the intersection of Kilauea Avenue and East Palai Street in Hilo. One of the motorcyclists was killed and the other was arrested and charged with a series of misdemeanors.
Police investigators determined that a Heavy Metal Customs motorcycle was traveling south on Kilauea Ave. when it collided with a 2007 Honda motorcycle making a left turn from East Palai St. to Kilauea Ave. to drive south as well. At the time of the collision, the roadway was dry and neither driver was wearing a helmet.
Both motorcyclists arrived at the scene and were transported by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center due to serious injuries from the collision.
Upon arrival at Hilo Medical Center, the driver of the 2007 Honda motorcycle, 59-year-old Elgin Camacho of Hilo, became unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 6:49 PM. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
As a result of the investigation conducted by the East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit, the driver of the modified Heavy Metal Customs motorcycle, 51-year-old Reginald Bothelo, was arrested for the following violations:
First degree negligent homicide Operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant Promoting a dangerous third degree drug Prohibited acts related to drug accessories Consuming or possessing liquor while operating a vehicle Driving with revoked or revoked driver’s license No motor insurance
After consultation with the Public Prosecution Service, Reginald Bothelo was released pending further investigation and remains in hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The East Hawaii Traffic Enforcement Unit is continuing their investigation into this traffic accident. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or has information to contact Officer Clifford Antonio at (808) 961-2339 or via email at Clifford.Antonio@HawaiiCounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.
This is the 32nd fatal traffic accident of 2022 compared to 22 fatal traffic accidents in the same period last year.
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